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Temporal organization of vowel plus stop sequences in production and perception: Evidence from the three major varieties of German


Klingler, Nicola; Kleber, Felicitas; Jochim, Markus; Pucher, Michael; Schmid, Stephan; Zihlmann, Urban (2019). Temporal organization of vowel plus stop sequences in production and perception: Evidence from the three major varieties of German. In: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019, 825-829.

Abstract

This study investigated cross-linguistically the temporal organization of short vs. long vowels (V vs. V:) with following lenis vs. fortis (C vs. C:) stops in disyllabic trochees in the three major varieties of Standard German (Austrian, German, and Swiss). A total of 51 speakers of the three varieties participated in a production and perception experiment. Acoustic analyses revealed that Austrian speakers take up an intermediate position regarding a stop duration contrast which was clearly present in Swiss but absent in German speakers. In perception, however,
Austrians and Germans but not Swiss participants judged stimuli from a vowel/(vowel+closure) duration (VC-ratio) continuum more often as containing V:C, i.e., intermediate VC-ratios were reinterpreted as long vowels by Austrians and Germans, but as fortis stops by Swiss participants. Findings suggest a sometimes less stable temporal organization in Austrians. Moreover, results imply a greater diversity in phonological structure between German varieties than previously assumed.

Abstract

This study investigated cross-linguistically the temporal organization of short vs. long vowels (V vs. V:) with following lenis vs. fortis (C vs. C:) stops in disyllabic trochees in the three major varieties of Standard German (Austrian, German, and Swiss). A total of 51 speakers of the three varieties participated in a production and perception experiment. Acoustic analyses revealed that Austrian speakers take up an intermediate position regarding a stop duration contrast which was clearly present in Swiss but absent in German speakers. In perception, however,
Austrians and Germans but not Swiss participants judged stimuli from a vowel/(vowel+closure) duration (VC-ratio) continuum more often as containing V:C, i.e., intermediate VC-ratios were reinterpreted as long vowels by Austrians and Germans, but as fortis stops by Swiss participants. Findings suggest a sometimes less stable temporal organization in Austrians. Moreover, results imply a greater diversity in phonological structure between German varieties than previously assumed.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:9 August 2019
Deposited On:09 Aug 2019 14:07
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:41
ISBN:978-0-646-80069-1
OA Status:Green
Official URL:http://intro2psycholing.net/ICPhS/
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100015E-164377
  • : Project TitleTypology of Vowel and Consonant Quantity in Southern German varieties: acoustic, perception, and articulatory analyses of adult and child speakers

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